Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 2nd 2011
Greenwich Village received a lot of publicity in the '60s and early '70s, during the "hippie" movement. When that passed, however, Greenwich Village continued to evolve and change with the times.
Today it is a place where you can find some of the best creative works in New York City, as well as funky restaurants, shops, and other places you won't find anywhere else. Besides getting to see the different art galleries and studios that still exist and have sprung up over the years, you can also enjoy the other sights and sounds that make this Village a fun and unique place to visit. You can literally get "up close and personal" with some of them, by taking walking tours of the cultural and dining district.
Want to visit as many of the Greenwich Village bars as possible? Take the Pub, Club, and Bar Crawl Tour. You'll hop on a tour bus to get to the different ones, then pop in and out of such famous ones as Agave and Riviera.
Greenwich Village's location, around 14th Street and west of Broadway, gives you the opportunity to tour the Village and still get back in time to catch a Broadway show. The subway line takes you directly to the Village, or points very close to it, so you don't have to worry about getting to where you want to go.
If you want to walk on the wild side while visiting Greenwich Village, make Village Pop Tattoo and Body Piercing one of your destinations. You may not have the courage to get anything pierced or inked, but you can look at all the different designs for tattoos and different implements you can have inserted into your body.
Although the neighborhood itself has changed to the extent that you won't find "starving artists" living there any more, this doesn't mean you won't still find artists in residence. Many of them still call Greenwich Village home, and those that live elsewhere come to Greenwich Village to display and sell their wares. You can purchase unique works of art that you probably won't see anywhere else.
Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities and famous people. Many of them frequent Greenwich Village. You never know who you might see while enjoying one of New York's most iconic neighborhoods.
Take time out of your New York vacation to visit Greenwich Village. Again, you can ride or walk. I recommend walking if possible, so that you can literally absorb the Greenwich Village atmosphere.